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800w compact heads: Quilter or Mark Bass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jazznut, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. jazznut


    Sep 20, 2016
    I will be getting a lightweight head soon. Quilter seems good at the price. But I am skeptical about the 100hz bass control center frequency. How might it stack up against a slightly more expensive Mark bass (tube or solid state)?
  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    Add the Mesa Subway D800 and 800+ to your list. Supurb tone, service, support and engineering.
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  3. jazznut


    Sep 20, 2016
    Yeah that too. (Bergantino, Eich, Form Factor, etc. are too much. Totally unimpressed with Aguilar Tonehammer)
  4. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    To your point.
    Why those 2?

    Lots to choose from in that General space. What features are highest on your list? Physical dimensions, weight, tone, reliability, warranty, support, simple interface vs broad EQ, Active, passive, DI, effects loop, HPF, tube pre, what cabs, volume goals...

    What style of music, example of a similar tone to what you are trying to achieve.

    Details will help. Lots of quality gear for under 1k these days.
    Phil Jones


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  5. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Same here. Though it sounds like the AG700 might be a good option for you.

    What do you want out of your amp? So many choices. What kind of tone are you looking for? What kind of amps have you used and liked?


    So many good options out there. I will say as much as I try to find something else, I can always find a happy place with a Markbass head. I currently use a LM Ninja and really like it.
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  6. alembic76407


    Apr 29, 2004
    you left out the Carvin B1000, 900 Watts at 2 ohms and it on sale from Carvin for $499
  7. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

  8. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    @jazznut it would be great if you fill out your profile. That way we can tell where you're located on this crazy rock. I mean if you were close to NJ I would let you hear my Genzler MG800 which I think is an amazing Class D head. I've tried quite a few in recent years too.
  9. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    Get a GK. Bada Bing Bada Boom. Done.
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  10. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I have both a Markbass and a Tonehammer, but never seen a Quilter personally.
    If you don't like the way the Tonehammer sounds mellow and warm, then you will like the Markbass.
  11. I have used a Quilter as backline, and I thought it sounded grand. The funky EQ is actually really musical and very easy to dial in. I have a Markbass LM-III and while the EQ seems more full-featured, I always seem to have some trouble getting exactly what I want. The Markbass is a very good amp, and for $350 used it was a bargain, but I prefer the Quilter.
  12. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Mesa D800 for the win!
  13. RonEW


    Apr 5, 2017
    Mesa D800, 5 yr warranty, really don't need all those knobs anyway.
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  14. TheLowDown33

    TheLowDown33 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    Having not tried the Quilter, I think the Markbass is a good, quality, no frills choice. It has all of the necessities and they all work well. If you're looking for superior flexibility, I'm not discounting the MarkBass stuff, but there's a lot of other options that fit that mold a little better, such as the Mesa.
  15. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I have a Quilter, MarkBass, GK MB500 and Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 (plus a few more, but these are the class d). I previously owned an Ampeg PF500. I love all of my current amps (hated the Ampeg, just not me) and they each have their own characteristics. Of all of them, the Quilter is my favorite. Bottom line for me is versatility. The Quilter has a very cool (if a bit odd) preamp, but when set to flat, it really is flat. That allows me to use a GK Plex, SansAmp or MXR M80 as a preamp. Had I found the Quilter years ago, it would have been my only amp. IMHO if you want to buy one amp, and have a ton of flexibility, the Quilter is the way to go.
  16. OldCityBassman


    Nov 10, 2014
  17. jazznut


    Sep 20, 2016
    Something similar to my LH-500 Hartke, but small & light.

    To answer why not many of the others, many of those others have a mega price tag. The Qyklters are less than 600, the Markbass heads can go for that price as a demo model.
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  18. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    I was just playing a Mesa D800 head, and I'll say, that is a great sounding class D , lightweight amp. Fantastic. I A/B'd it next to the Mark Bass little Mark 800 watt tube amp and to my ears the Mesa D800 sounded a lot nicer, clearer tone - richer with thicker low-end and great mids. The little Mark tube was nice as well but I prefer the Mesa.
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  19. jazznut


    Sep 20, 2016
    Thank. The 5 year guarantee is appealing, but I find you must bring a back up amp to gigs. I have a Hartke LH-500 & my back up is an Ampeg B2 RE. (Terrible amp!). I was thinking of getting 2 Quilters at its great price, but I guess maybe I should just keep the Hartke as the backup.
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  20. jazznut


    Sep 20, 2016
    Something approaching the Marcus Miller sound. I presently use an SWR Goliath with a Hartke LH-500. Its adequate, but...... bulky

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